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APRIL 2017 NEWSLETTER

Greetings

You are likely aware of the most recent executive order signed by the Trump Administration that vastly pares back the role of the EPA and its efforts to curb emissions that lead to climate change.  This move by the Administration is not only in direct opposition to the Paris Climate Agreement, but also the message of Pope Francis in his encyclical Laudato Si', our faith, and the position of the Catholic Church on Care for Creation. 

In response to the Executive Order, Fr. James Martin and America Magazine released a video and accompanying article on why caring for the environment is a moral issue and why policies that fail to protect our planet are not only against Catholic teaching, but are also immoral. The article and video can be found here.

We encourage you to view the video, read the article, and then share it with friends and members of your parish and congregation. Care for God's gift begins with and depends on us and the actions we take. 

Blessings on your Lenten journey
 
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TABLE OF CONTENTS

GENERAL

ACTIONS | ISSUES

Pray:  Prayer for Compassion 

Reflect: An Immigration Story - Behind the Mirror

EVENTS

Share your gift of the English Language

Recurring Events Racial Justice: The Courage to Act - Apr 1
UN Assoc of Greater Milw Annual Awards Luncheon - Apr 1
Faith Forum at Gesu - Apr 2
The Back 40 Mine - Apr 3
2017 Advocacy Day People of Faith United for Justice - Apr 4
WI Legislature Joint Committee on Finance Public Hearings - Apr 5
Waukesha County HHS Board Unmet Needs Public Hearing - Apr 6
Thinking Globally, Acting Globally - Apr 6
MU Center for Peacemaking - Symposium on Just Peace - Apr 7
Dangers of Oil-by-Rail in Wisconsin - Apr 13
"Before the Flood" - Film Screening - Apr 17
On the Issues with Mike Gousha - Apr 18
Do We Need Religion for Day to Day Life? - Apr 23
Global Catholic Climate Movement - Apr 29
Expo of Milwaukee Forum - Apr 29
Scripture with Scholars - May 23
The Capuchins' Run-Walk for the Hungry - Jun 16
GENERAL
Pope Francis Quote
“All people have a right to safe drinking water.  This is a basic human right and a central issue in today’s world (cf. Laudato Si’, 30; Caritas in Veritate, 27).  This is a problem that affects everyone and is a source of great suffering in our common home.  It also cries out for practical solutions capable of surmounting the selfish concerns that prevent everyone from exercising this fundamental right.”   Source Millennial Journal March 23, 2017 
 

ACTIONS | ISSUES
ACLU Challenges MPD ‘Stop and Frisk’ Practices with Lawsuit

“Death and Life of the Great Lakes” – The Challenge Before Us All
Dan Egan, environmental journalist for the Journal Sentinel, has done brilliant work covering the threats to the vast network of fresh water that is the Great Lakes. Most recently, he wrote a series that led up to release of his new book, Death and Life of the Great Lakes. It is work that challenges us all. Think of Lake Michigan as part of our living community, a near neighbor, and a generous one at that. If you missed it, you can find samples of his work here.  We face many dire threats and dangers these days given the changes in Washington with last year’s elections. When President Trump submitted his proposed budget, it included a 97% cut in federal funds for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. This brought public opposition even from Trump loyalists like Governor Scott Walker. It’s an example of the challenges we face with the new administration. So is the intended cut to the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget of 31%.    READ FULL ARTICLE HERE 
Voice your opinion on cuts to the EPA and Great Lakes Restoration. Contact Your Legislators
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Safe Drinking Water for ALL!
EVERYONE deserves access to safe, affordable drinking water. Aging pipes are putting the health of our communities at risk. Congressman John Conyers (D-MI) is reintroducing the WATER Act — a bill to upgrade our water and sewer systems and protect our drinking water for generations to come.  Ask your Congressperson to co-sponsor the Water Affordability, Transparency, Equity and Reliability (WATER) Act (H.R.1673), to ensure federal funding to fix our nation's crumbling pipes and keep our drinking water safe.  Send a message through Food and Water Watch 
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Investing in Clean Energy / Divesting from Non-Renewables
The international conference “Laudato Si' & Catholic Investing: Clean Energy for Our Common​ Home”, which took place in late January at Pontifical Lateran University, featured many expert speakers and Catholic case studies who demonstrated that fossil fuel divestment and clean energy investment are both possible and necessary. Catholic institutions are called to use their financial investments to “put an end to the fossil fuel era and provide renewable energy access for all,” as the Catholic Bishops of all continents have called.  Learn more about this important method of creating dynamic shift in demand for cleaner energy and how both individuals and Catholic institutions can take concrete steps to care for our common home through their investments. Watch the Video Here
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Support Paid Family Leave in Wisconsin
Nearly every worker eventually needs to take time off work because of their own serious health condition, to care for a sick family member, or to care for a newborn baby.  Nationally, only 12 percent of workers have paid family leave through their employers and fewer than 40 percent have personal medical leave through an employer-provided short-term disability program. As a result, workers who take needed time off often face a significant loss of income.  This burden falls disproportionately on women workers, who make up nearly half of the workforce but are still far more likely than men to care for children or other family members who are sick. Ask your State Senator and State Representative to cosponsor LRB 1160/1 and LRB 2287/1, the "Wisconsin Family Medical Leave Insurance Act" which is currently being circulated for support.
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EVENTS AND EDUCATION

Share your gift of the English Language
Participate in this wonderful volunteer opportunity at St. Michael’s Parish, 1445 N. 24th Street.    We are looking for tutors to help the adult refugees from Myanmar, the former Burma, in learning English and in preparation for citizenship. Tutoring would be on a one-on-one basis for one hour once a week. The day and time are agreed upon by the teacher/tutor and the student.  Easy to follow materials are provided. If you are interested or would like more information, please contact Patricia (Pat) Roehrig, at proehrig@wi.rr.com  or call 414-461-5592.          

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Recurring Events:
  • Soup with Substance: Weekly on Wednesdays at noon during the fall and spring academic sessions, Marquette University's Center for Peacemaking. Soup with substance is a series of presentations on contemporary issues related to peacemaking and social justice and is open to the public - a simple meal of soup and bread is provided at each presentation. Sign up for Soup with Substance event notices here.
  • New Sanctuary Movement [NSM] Monthly - Check NSM calendar to confirm event locations
    • Interfaith Prayer Vigil of Solidarity (1st Tuesday of every month)
    • ICE Vigil (1st Thursday of every month), Usually at US Citizenship and Immigration Services, 310 Knapp St. 
  • ECHO: Weekly film series about US Catholic Catechism, September 14th-May 31st. Once a week, you will be sent, via email, the latest ECHO video with chapter reading, and reflection questions from the US Catholic Catechism for Adults.  Prior to the beginning of this series, you will need the US Catholic Catechism for Adults.  To view a free online copy of the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults visit the USCCB website. Register for the series here.
  • Faith & Ecology Conversation Series: Renewal in the Wilderness (3rd Tuesday of every month), Sponsored by Interfaith Earth Network, September 20 - April 18. Flyer.
  • Nonviolent Communication Practice Group. Flyer.
    • Lake Country Unitarian Universalist Church LCUUC, (1st Thursday and 3rd Tuesday of every month), October 6 - May 16, 7:00-8:30 pm. More information and registration details here.
    • St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Parish, (1st and 3rd Monday of every month), October 3 - May 15, 7:00-8:30 pm. More information here.
  • St. Elizabeth Ann Seton’s Labyrinth and Prayer Path - Lenten Thursdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m. (3/9, 3/16, 3/23, 3/30 and 4/6). This Lenten season, consider setting aside time to take a quiet walk with God. Learn more
 
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Unlearning Racism: Tools for Action - Feb 1-Apr 19
Join us for an opportunity to learn about the history and impact of racism and what you can do about it. Some Wednesdays between February 1 and April 19 from 1:00-5:00 p.m. Find dates, learn more and sign up here.
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Morning of Reflection: Servant Leadership - Apr 1
Please join us at the Capuchin Community Services, House of Peace, Saturday, April 1st, 9 a.m. and explore Servant Leadership with Capuchin Friar Keith Clark. Learn more and register here.
Racial Justice: The Courage to Act - Apr 1
Chris Crass, racial justice activist, trainer and writer, is coming to Milwaukee for this day-long workshop to help us build the courage and skills needed to combat racism and stand on the side of love for justice. April 1st, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Alverno College. Register and learn more about the workshop and the sponsors here.
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United Nations Association of Greater Milwaukee Annual Awards Luncheon - Apr 1
Featured speaker, Robert Skinner presents "The United Nations in a time of Global Transition: Peacemaking Challenges and Humanitarian Emergencies." April 1, 11:30am - 2:00pm, Redeemer Lutheran Church, 19th and Wisconsin Ave. Learn more and purchase tickets here.
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Glancing Backward With a Focus Ahead: Acknowledging the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation - Apr 2
Speaker: Dr. Mickey Mattox, Ph.D. – Professor of Historical Theology in the Theology Dept. at Marquette University. Faith Forum at Gesu on April 2, 10:15 – 11:15am in the Lower Church – Gathering Space. Flyer.
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The Back 40 Mine - Apr 3
Wisconsin Green Muslims presents this Teleseminar April 3, 12:00-1:00pm. Learn more and register to receive the teleseminar materials here.
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2017 Advocacy Day People of Faith United for Justice - Apr 4
The 5th biennial “People of Faith United for Justice” advocacy day at the State Capitol will be held Tuesday, April 4. Learn more and register here.
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WI Legislature Joint Committee on Finance Public Hearings - Apr 5
April 5, 10:00am-6:00pm, State Fair Park Exposition Center, West Allis. Learn more.
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Waukesha County Health and Human Services Board Unmet Needs Public Hearing - Apr 6
April 6, 7:00pm, Waukesha County Health and Human Services Public Health Department, 514 Riverview Ave. Learn more.
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Thinking Globally, Acting Globally: Citizenship and Culture in the Face of Climate Change - Apr 6
Janice Cantieri, an environmental journalist and research, will introduce the Kiribati people, their culture, and their adaptation to climate change. April 6, 7:00pm, Carroll University Ballroom. Learn more.
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Marquette University Center for Peacemaking - Symposium on Just Peace - Apr 7
Nonviolent Peacemaking: Responding to the Call of Christ, April 7, 8:30am - 4:30pm, Marquette University Alumni Memorial Union, Rm 163 Learn more and register here.
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Dangers of Oil-by-Rail in Wisconsin - Apr 13
Wisconsin Green Muslims presents this Teleseminar April 13, 12:00-1:00pm. Learn more and register to receive the teleseminar materials here.  
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"Before the Flood" - Film Screening - Apr 17
Carroll University is offering a film screening and discussion of "Before the Flood" on Monday, April 17, 5:00 p.m., 100 N. East Ave., Waukesha, in the Stackner Ballroom. Post film discussion led by Professor Aaron Routhe.
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On the Issues with Mike Gousha - Apr 18
John Pudner, Executive Director of Take Back our Republic is a conservative political consultant and Marquette University alumnus trying to reduce the influence of big money and special interests on the American political system. April 18, 12:15-1:15pm, Marquette Law School, Eckstein Hall. Learn more and register for this free event here.
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Do We Need Religion for Day to Day Life? - Apr 23
M.T.O. Shahmaghsoudi School of Islamic Sufism Center cordially invite you to their annual Spring Interfaith Open House. April, 23, 4:00 - 7:00pm at the M.T.O. Shahmaghsoudi Chicago/Milwaukee Center, Franksville, WI. RSVP by April 9th to midwest.gateofknowledge@gmail.com. Flyer.
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Global Catholic Climate Movement - Apr 29
On April 29, 2017, just before the 100th day of the Trump administration, Catholics will join the wider climate movement for a massive family-friendly march in the streets of Washington, D.C. and across the country. We will “pray with our feet” and stand up for all that we love, urging Congress and the Trump administration to take bold action against the injustice of the climate crisis.  The weekend before the march, we will join thousands of Catholics worldwide to celebrate “Mercy 2 Earth Weekend”, on occasion of: EARTH DAY – April 22 and MERCY SUNDAY – April 23  More information.
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Expo of Milwaukee Forum - Apr 29
It is time for Wisconsin to stop incarcerating people who have not been convicted of new crimes and join the growing number of states that are making significant investments in community-based alternatives to incarceration! April 29, 11:30am - 3:00pm, Wisconsin Black Historical Society, 2620 W. Center St., Milwaukee. Learn more and register here.
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Scripture with Scholars - May 23
Eco-Reformation: Bringing Grace and Hope to the Care for our Common Home. May 23, 6:30 - 8:30pm, Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist Atrium, 812 N Jackson Street. Learn more.
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The Capuchins' Run-Walk for the Hungry - Jun 16
The Capuchins' Run-Walk for the Hungry will take place at Polish Fest, June 16 at 7 p.m. More information
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REFLECT:
Behind the Mirror

By Joanna Salinas, Guest Contributor

Watch the video from Elizabeth Jarosz  

This is the best video I've seen on immigration issues because until we listen to the concerns of each other, we cannot move forward.
My children, who are American-born citizens born to American parents, are routinely attacked on the issue of immigration by their American-born peers because we have instilled a fear in our kids collectively that somehow their future isn't as bright if the other is here. We are failing our kids and teaching them fear and hate and to be racist, if you think not, you are kidding yourself. My 11 yr old was told in school by his peer to get ready to say goodbye to his family because, 'Merica!

As an American dealing with the immigration system for over 25 years, I can attest that we as Americans have NO understanding of the process we put people through. Undocumented immigrants DO pay taxes, DO register for the draft, DO contribute to society, and DO the jobs that this country is dependent upon and if we are honest, the jobs we do not want to do ourselves. They volunteer in our schools, churches, and communities. They watch our children and cook our food. They are our neighbors and our friends. Almost all have petitions pending for legal status. I personally have petitions pending to sponsor family members that have still not been processed 15-20 years later.

Yet, we Americans, especially in border states, pay enormous amounts of taxes to support undocumented workers who have tremendous needs. Our education and healthcare systems carry the brunt load of this. It is true, the border must be secured. Our system is so broken and we've been led to believe by both parties we are on opposite sides and yet we ALL want the same resolution.


Comments are welcome 
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PRAY
Prayer for Compassion
 
Lord open our eyes that we may see You in our brothers and sisters.

Lord open our ears that we may hear the cries of the hungry, the cold, the frightened, the oppressed.

Lord open our hearts that we may love each other as You love us.

Renew in us your Spirit.
Lord free us and make us one.

Amen
 
~Mother Theresa
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